Metro News Release

For immediate release: January 20, 2009

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Metrorail sets new record for highest ridership day of all time
866,681 riders used Metrorail on Monday, January 19

Hundreds of thousands of people in town for the Inauguration of Barack Obama helped Metro set a new record for the transit agency’s highest ridership on Monday, January 19. Riders took 866,681trips on Monday, which also was the federal Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2008, Metrorail provided 257,913 trips. An influx of people attending Inaugural and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events contributed to yesterday’s record ridership.

Thirteen of Metrorail’s top 20 highest weekday ridership days have occurred in the summer of 2008. Combined with Metrobus ridership, Metro provides more than 1.2 million trips on an average weekday.

Metrorail’s Top 20 Weekday Ridership Days
Date                 Ridership Event
1 01-19-09      866,681    Obama inaugural events
2 07-11-08      854,638    Baseball/Women of Faith Conference
3 06-09-04      850,636    Reagan State Funeral
4 06-25-08      846,388    Smithsonian Folklife Festival/Baseball
5 07-10-08      844,530    Baseball
6 07-08-08      835,072    Baseball/Basketball
7 07-02-08      834,956    Smithsonian Folklife Festival
8 04-03-07      831,508    Cherry Blossoms/Baseball
9 06-24-08      831,464    Baseball/Basketball
10 06-20-08    829,998    Baseball/Basketball
11 04-24-08    828,973    Baseball/Basketball
12 04-17-08    828,418    Pope Visit/Soccer
13 04-11-08    828,132    Baseball/Cherry Blossoms
14 06-27-08    825,862    Smithsonian Folklife Festival/Baseball
15 06-18-08    823,516    No Event
16 07-01-08    822,931     No Event
17 04-10-06    821,283    Immigrant Rights Rally
18 06-19-08    819,979    No Event
19 06-26-08    819,722    Smithsonian Folklife Festival
20 06-05-08    819,687    Baseball

News release issued at 11:00 am, January 20, 2009.


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